What Happened in May 1869

Historical Events

  • May 1 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • May 4 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
  • May 10 Golden Spike driven, completes Promontory Pt Ut-Transcontinental RR

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May 15 National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • May 16 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • May 18 Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.
  • May 26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Tyrone Power Sr, actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band), born in London, England
  • May 5 Hans Pfitzner, Russian-born composer (d. 1949)
  • May 6 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/archivist
  • May 11 Francisco Lacerda, composer
  • May 18 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria/general-fieldmarshall
  • May 19 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State
  • May 19 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist who originated the cohesion-tension theory of water and mineral movement in plants, born in Dublin, Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer/publisher, dies at 73